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Ferguson pre-Bradford

11 March 2016

Gaffer under no illusions as to how to arrest slide.

Darren Ferguson said that his team have to be braver in order to prosper in front of close to 20,000 supporters when Rovers travel to Valley Parade on Saturday.

Without a win in eleven games, Ferguson’s side are up against play-off chasing Bradford City – whom they defeated in the same fixture last term.

“The player are fully aware – it was said after the game on Tuesday and said again today – I’m not going to accept a performance where we have no shots on target,” Ferguson said of Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss to Scunthorpe United.

“I’m not having that – that just won’t be happening and it’s not how I set my team up to play.

“I set my teams up to create chances and at the moment they’re not for whatever reason and the players are under no illusions that if we’re looking to get back to the second quarter of the season where we had a fantastic run and scored 14 goals in 6 games.

“We have to be a little bit braver and understand that they have the freedom to create chances.”

The Bantams have had mixed fortunes at home; having lost to basement side Colchester United, but also beating table topping Burton Albion.

“They had a very good result on Tuesday, they’ve got particular strengths about them – (James) Hanson being one although he didn’t play on Tuesday, he may come back in to the team,” he said.

“They’ve got five good strikers to pick from and good flexibility in that and they're going well.

“They’re right up there for the play-offs so – as I say week in week out – it will be tough, as it is at this level but for me we have to be better on the ball and more creative.

“I’ve got to be clear and decisive about how I want us to go forward in the situation that we find ourselves in.

“First and foremost you have to look at the run we’re on and the run we had before that and the run before I even came in and the clear stat is that we haven’t scored enough goals!

“Tuesday the fans weren’t happy – I would absolutely agree with them 100% - they should not be happy with that performance and we have to do something about it.”

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